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The Discovery House Drug Rehab Blog

The Discovery House believes in the ongoing support of those in recovery, and in providing public awareness and education! One important way we do this is through our Drug and Alcohol Rehab Blog, power-packed with news, ideas, and recovery help. Visit often, and leave your comments! Recovery is possible!

The Hidden Benefits of Dandelion Tea


What typically comes to mind when thinking of dandelions are the little yellow-flowered weeds which seem to grow sometimes in the unlikeliest of places. The benefits of dandelion tea however, are as surprising as finding the plant is edible to begin with. Dandelion flowers, leaves, and roots are all edible, and it is generally considered safe in food and medicine. The circumstances you will want to be careful about are with allergies to ragweed, marigold, chamomile, chrysanthemum, yarrow, or daisy, and anyone pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs should talk to a health care professional before adding something new to their diet. Dandelion or Taraxacum officinale, has been consumed historically for thousands of years to treat anemia, skin problems, scurvy, blood disorders, and depression. Native Americans used dandelion tea to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. Chinese medicine has used dandelion to treat stomach problems, appendicitis,… Read More

The Benefits of Vitamin B-Complex to Recovering Addicts


While substance abuse creates an illusory sense of temporary well-being, in the end it can severely damage physical, psychological, and spiritual health. Research has shown that individuals with substance addictions may very likely be suffering from an assortment of one or more metabolic disorders such as hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, vitamin B deficiency and mineral deficiencies. The benefits of vitamin B Complex for those in recovery are that it restores the natural balance of the vitamins which have been burnt up with substance abuse. People who are dependent on drugs or alcohol lack the ability to voluntarily cut down or stop, and develop a physical tolerance, which means they require increasingly large amounts to become intoxicated. This addictive type of substance abuse will chemically disrupt many naturally occurring vitamins and minerals which promote a healthy brain and nervous system. For example, Thiamine (B1) deficiency is common in long-term alcohol abuse and over… Read More

The Hidden Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar


It has long been known that an abundance of specific nutrients can positively affect cognitive processes, emotions, and various aspects of the body’s functioning. The benefits of apple cider vinegar have been described as being an especially helpful health tonic and you can find it in both the condiment and health supplement aisles of your grocery store. Although we tend to think of condiments and food as providing flavor and energy to the body, research over the past 5 years has found interesting evidence for the influence of nutrition on specific molecular systems and mechanisms. For individuals in recovery, good nutrition can go a long way toward rebuilding a body that’s stronger and healthier. Natural apple cider vinegar contains properties which are particularly helpful to liver health, and has long been used as a folk remedy for cleansing out the system of harmful elements. While many would say folk medicine… Read More

Robin Williams—The Human Factor


Let’s face it: Robin Williams’ life and work and humor were like the creation of one of the great novelists, bigger than life, his work astonishing and mature at its inception, his humor manic and cathartic and deeply insightful. In a forty-year career, he gave us laughter, tears, and an ongoing personal saga that will probably soon become material for a film at least as powerful as many of his own. Most of all, Robin Williams showed us humanity itself, in all its forms, from the brilliance of his creativity to the desperation of his often haunted spirit. Even in interviews he was on fire, quick to grab an oddity out of the air like a fugitive hummingbird and weave its startling presence into his patter, whatever the subject at hand. Or, to turn the metaphor around, his mind was like a hummingbird, constantly hovering and darting, busy and alert,… Read More

The Importance of Nutritional Balance in Recovery from Addiction

Importance of Nutritional Balance in Recovery

The role of addiction and nutrition on the body’s ability to sustain balance is one so rarely considered by individuals who are entering treatment. Since their substance of choice has become the main priority, addicts typically haven’t taken care of themselves in other respects. Not only is proper nutrition an important component of the physical healing which takes place when ceasing substance abuse, but maintaining a healthy balanced diet is actually a huge contributor to relapse prevention as well.  Balanced nutrition improves mood and health, and when people feel good, they are less likely to start using alcohol and drugs in abusive ways. For this reason it’s important to encourage a healthy diet for people recovering from addiction problems.  The brain and nervous system are strongly impacted by our nutrition, and when these systems are operating at a healthy homeostatic balance, we are better able to handle anything life throws… Read More

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